Dacha design with your own hands from scrap materials
Gone are the days when at the summer cottage everyone was busy with the beds and fruit trees, but did not think about the decor. Once the best decoration of the courtyard was unpretentious flowers along the fence or a small flower bed. Today, the dacha is becoming a place for out-of-town recreation, and many owners hire a specialist in landscape design. But if the hands are in place and there are few worthwhile ideas, large expenditures are not needed. The original design of the suburban area with their own hands is made from scrap materials, which are in abundance in every garage, on mezzanines, balconies or in storerooms.
Making a summer residence with your own hands
Windmill at the cottage made of stones
Making a flower bed with a tree
We decorate the cottage with our own hands
The main advantage of homemade country decor is that it is possible to attach everything that was a pity to throw away. Each thrifty owner of the house in the garage and on the balcony, mezzanine and in the closet stores perennial deposits of all good, which will soon become a decoration of the landscape.
You can adapt many items that have served the main term for a country design with your own hands:
- bald car tires;
- plastic bottles, containers and containers;
- ropes, tarpaulin, burlap, camouflage net;
- trimming boards and thin cuts of wood;
- unnecessary plastic pipes;
- thick wire, netting, metal scraps;
- old shoes and sports equipment;
- plywood boxes and wooden containers;
- empty barrels and other containers;
- leaky teapots, bowls, pots;
- unnecessary carts and bicycles;
- old plastic and wooden furniture;
- remnants of building materials and polyurethane foam.
First of all, you need to evaluate the “reserves” in order to distribute for the arrangement of the summer cottage as needed. Some of the materials will go to the manufacture of fully functional devices..
In any courtyard, a “Moidodyr” (washbasin) in the barbecue or barbecue area and a sofa swing in the shade of a garden under a tarpaulin canopy will be useful. From other old things, make flower stands and pots, all kinds of original garden decorations with your own hands.
The head of a wild boar from a pile of earth in the country
Flower bed decoration
You will need a detailed site plan for competent zoning and marking. Even in a small courtyard of a country house or in a country garden, you need to distribute functional zones that will delimit:
- sides from plastic bottles;
- decorative masonry;
- original fences.
A well-maintained estate does not require redevelopment; you only need creative design ideas for a summer residence. Places for a comfortable pastime are determined on the new site:
- hearth for cooking in the open air;
- playground with decorative sandbox;
- gazebos, benches, swings;
- parking under a shed for cars, motorcycles or bicycles;
- playground for a children’s pool;
- decorative beds, flower beds, flower beds and alpine slides.
Working on a country house design with your own hands, there is an opportunity to realize old dreams and plans of the whole family. Free areas can be covered with small pebbles, sowing lawn grass, undersized curb plants and flowers, as in the photo.
Do-it-yourself gazebo in the country
A flower bed in the country
DIY border in the country
Arguments about whether paths are needed at the dacha last until the first shower. In some regions, the soil is so viscous that you can’t pull your feet out of the mud – it sticks to your shoes in a heavy lump. The only way out is to provide aesthetic paved walkways between summer cottages..
Tracks made of different materials will help you decorate the dacha with your own hands:
- bricks or foam blocks;
- board trimming and round cuts;
- sea pebbles and wild stone;
- compacted fine gravel and sand;
- homemade paving slabs;
- marble chips and other loose materials of fine fractions;
- concrete paths with mosaic masonry of broken glass and ceramic tiles.
The dacha alley leading to the garden will itself be functional and attractive when there are original bumpers or rows of annual flowers on the sides. But the original idea of laying will make it a real garden decoration with your own hands from scrap materials.
Decorating a summer cottage with plants
Flower beds in the country
The paved path may be below ground level or slightly raised, have a flat or slightly convex surface. The alleys will last for many years if done according to all the rules..
A shallow trench is needed, which is marked and the boundaries are fixed along the rope between the driven pegs. This is the only way to make the track the same width..
The bottom of the trench is compacted with gravel and sand, regardless of the type of paving material.
Next, you need to organize the formwork for concrete with filler or sides for large blocks. Low log pegs, rows of glass or plastic bottles of the same size dug upside down are suitable as decorative sides.
Sandbox with flowers
Flowers in pots in the country
A flower bed of stones in the country
Between the formwork, the tamped trench is filled with a concrete base for recessed finishing materials. Between the tiles of the mosaic path, you need to carefully fill the seams.
Alleys of bricks, blocks and solid tiles (without cement mixture) are sprinkled with sand at the seams.
When laying tiles or bricks on sand, use a rubber or wooden hammer to adjust and level.
The horizontal is corrected by the building level.
If the site is in a lowland, it is imperative to organize drainage, otherwise alleles can turn into gutters during a rainstorm. The situation will be saved by a shallow drainage ditch parallel to a garden path paved with ceramic fragments or filled with cement.
Design ideas for a summer residence will be embodied in the best possible way if all stages of the construction of the path and its decor are done slowly and efficiently, observing the laying technology. The easiest way to use ready-made lattice templates for homemade cement tracks with filler, as in the photo. The template is repositioned step by step in the prepared trench with a “cushion of sand and gravel, filling with the base material.
Forms for paving slabs and “eurofences” of various sizes and shapes are on sale. You can organize a whole production for a summer cottage or start your own business.
Greening the border in the country
DIY border in the country
Decorative fences, fences and borders
According to the technology described in the previous section, decorative bumpers are made to strengthen the levels of the suburban area under a slope and the walls of the cascade flower bed. The palisade method is also suitable as a decorative hedge..
The edge of the low side can also be used as paths between flower beds and sandboxes. Children like to run along the rows of buried “stumps”.
Hedges are a great way to save money on do-it-yourself zoning of a summer cottage. Shrubs are suitable for pruning, ordinary or standard roses in the form of a tree. Low-growing border roses are planted between them, you get a two-row flower wall.
The simplest side is made from plastic bottles. Containers of the same color are filled with sand, gravel or soil. Half the bottles are dug into a small trench and covered with earth or stone chips. They can be empty, but they keep filled with something longer..
Attention! Do not fill plastic bottles with water – under the sun’s rays, lenses are formed that burn out nearby plants. Even a fire is possible.
DIY flower bed
Castle made of stones in the country
Brazier made of stones in the country with their own hands
Floral arches and pergolas made of climbing plants
Climbing roses and other curly flowers are a great way to decorate a homemade summer cottage or arch from scrap materials. A metal rod, corner or channel is suitable as a base, which can be assembled in a structure with a welding machine or twisted with bolts.
Finished arch supports must be securely anchored in the ground. Dug holes with columns under the dacha decor with their own hands are well tamped with crushed stone and sand, after which they are cemented and covered with stone chips. At the top of such a gallery, depending on the climatic features of the region, grapes or fragrant flowers can creep..
In hot climates, it is better to make a covered gallery. Remnants of light-transmitting roofing materials will also work. Canopies along decorative paths can only be on the south side, but sloped to provide more shade. A trellis made of wire is pulled between the posts, where the plants will curl. The most economical way is to grow cucumbers, ornamental beans or pumpkin along the arch.
Flower lovers can use different methods to decorate the cottage with their own hands from scrap materials. They make vertical flower beds in holes from wide plastic pipes, wooden or openwork metal shelves for pots, as in the photo.
A flower bed of stones in the country
Making a summer residence with your own hands
Garden sculptures and decor from improvised means
DIY garden design from scrap materials is mainly associated with the following materials:
- car tires (bald tires);
- templates from plywood scraps, from which it is easy to make the missing elements for the “smiling characters” of the country decor;
- plastic containers;
- ceramic flower pots;
- unnecessary shoes;
- metal and wooden barrels, etc..
Some homemade garden sculptures are so good they rival real masterpieces. For example, foam frogs or gypsum swans.
But most of all role models are made from car tires – rifled and inverted. Acrylic paints will transform any material to make recognizable characters for your country house design with your own hands. Depending on the skill and style of garden and courtyard decoration, you can choose any idea. This is what swans and parrots from rubber, palms from plastic bottles look like.
Making a flower bed with snails with your own hands
Making a summer residence with improvised materials
Hemp table and chairs in the country
Original flower beds and mini-flower beds
Mini-beds with succulents and cacti (other small plants) inside large shells look original. No less interesting will be the idea of using shoes as flower pots or old hats on the wall..
Shallow containers are suitable for succulents and indoor plants exposed to the outdoors in the summer. But before you decorate the dacha with your own hands, keep in mind that they will have to be brought into the house during a downpour, hail and gusty wind. It is better to make original forms and pots stationary, and insert flower pots for the season or upon arrival at the dacha on weekends.
Traditionally, broken vehicles are used as original DIY garden decorations. Carts and bicycles, large parts of the car body are suitable for a small flower garden. Musical instruments are fine too. Creative idea – a piano with flowers and a waterfall.
Fountain, artificial pond
A mini-pond is an excellent solution for decorating a summer cottage with your own hands. A small tank can be equipped with improvised means:
- old rubber boat;
- large metal barrel;
- excavator bucket;
- tank cut.
The bottom of a homemade pond is made in a small pit, with a compacted cushion of gravel and sand. The top is lined with a tarpaulin and a thick film in 2-3 layers, the edges are fixed with stones in the form of sides. It remains to fill with water and decorate with stepplants.
Advice. To maintain an eco-balance, you need to monitor the state of the water, which is periodically drained or circulated. A fountain needs a pump and a filter. Add homemade frogs, swan or crocodile to complete the design of the “lake”.
Flowerbeds in the country with flowers
Do-it-yourself flower bed in the country
Landscaping with a playground
So that children are not bored in the country, and they do not take up time while working in the garden and in the beds, there is a solution – a playground with a sandbox and funny homemade figures.
An important condition is that the place for children’s games should be clearly visible from different angles of the summer cottage in order to observe what is happening.
The sides of the sandbox are easy to build from available tools:
- a palisade made of logs;
- painted boards;
- wide wooden box;
- big tire, etc..
With any type of sandbox, children need a place before sitting and laying out the molds. A summer cottage corner can be fenced off from neighbors with a fence in the form of pencils or decorated with other homemade decor – paints to help!
If there is enough space, a more interesting sandbox can be built on the site – in the form of a ship, a car or a tower. Somewhere nearby you can build a tree house with rope ladders and a slide for descending into a sandpit or a tent city made of old blankets. Pull the ropes between the trees, give them clothespins and cloth, they will happily build houses for themselves.
Original garden furniture
The imagination of folk craftsmen is endless – from plastic bottles, awning materials and wood waste they make garden furniture on the verge of masterpieces. After pruning the garden and removing dead wood, there is a lot of material that is easy to attach to do:
- rocking chair;
- tables and stands.
For comfort, soft seats are made, and natural-shaped material goes to the sidewalls and the frame of the products. It is very convenient to use ready-made pallets or pallets as a basis for a sofa or a corner under a canopy. Poufs and banquets, tables and armchairs are made from plastic bottles. There is time and experience – make a whole sofa for the dacha from plastic bottles, but you will need a lot of containers of the same shape and volume. A cover or cape for a homemade sofa is sewn from old curtains.
More original ideas will be suggested by photos from our gallery.
50 photos of examples of decorating a suburban area with your own hands: